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Nauticam Announces Housing for Atomos Shogun

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The Atomos Shogun is 10 Bit 4K SDI/HDMI Recorder Monitor and Player and is an extremely versatile and useful video production accessory, filling many vital roles in the content creation pipeline. Shogun has proven its value in countless video production environments since its release in November, and now Nauticam has brought the Shogun’s tremendous versatility to the underwater environment. Shogun’s ability to record 4K video streams from popular cameras like Sony A7S and Panasonic GH4 has attracted the most attention, but the device is also a very useful on-camera monitor and media player.

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Atomos Shogun

Monitor – Shogun features a 7” 1920 x 1200 IPS Capacitative touch screen display. The screen is big, bright, and sharp. The available Atomos Spyder Color Calibration Unit enables the user to work in a calibrated color space, and professional onscreen monitoring tools are available to gauge exposure (false color, full waveform, RGB parade) and focus (focus peaking).

Recorder – Shogun unlocks Ultra High Definition recording with the incredibly sensitive A7S, adds 10 bit 4K recording to Panasonic GH4, and captures “edit suite ready” ProRes or DNxHD files from DSLRS. These are high quality codecs that don’t require transcoding, and handle color correction well. Shogun records to both spinning hard disks and SSD drives, keeping media costs affordable.

Shogun firmware is constantly being developed, and support for new cameras and formats is being added. Future updates in 2015 will allow Shogun to record raw video streams from Sony FS Series, Canon C500, Arri Alexa, and AJA Cion in ProRes, DNxHR, or Cinema DNG formats.

Player – The intuitive touch screen interface and beautiful screen make Shogun an ideal tool for reviewing video in the field, without the need for a laptop. Favorite and Rejected tags (supporting in and out points) allow video to be sorted prior to ingest. XML files created on Shogun can be dropped straight into the timeline of an NLE (Non Linear Editor, such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro)! This functionality will also be improved in future firmware releases, with custom metadata tagging and playlist functionality planned.

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The Nauticam Housing

The Shogun is an amazing device, and deserves an ideal housing for underwater use. Leave it to the wizards at Nauticam to craft a beautiful yet absolutely functional enclosure.

The housing provides the best possible view of the magnificent 7” Shogun Monitor, while still providing touch screen access to key functions. Buttons at the bottom right corner of the screen bring activate the Shogun “Waveform Monitoring Functions” and “Monitor Assist Functions” overlays. With the overlay active, three useful monitoring functions are available in via a touch screen arm that swings down from the top of the screen, and is pushed to enable a function.

When finished, the touch screen arm can be moved completely out of the way, providing an unobstructed view of the monitor. These tools for judging focus and exposure in water are extremely beneficial, taking much of the guess work out of good video capture.

A touch screen button for record is provided, but isn’t needed with most modern cameras sending record triggers over HDMI when the camera record button is pressed. A playback button is also included, allowing review of the last clip in water.

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Hassle Free Installation

The Shogun mounts securely in the housing with three locking latches. The screen is mounted in the front of housing, face down when open. This mounting strategy allows easy changes of media, batteries, and connection of HDMI and SDI cables.

Nauticam Vacuum Check & Leak Detection System

The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system, and vacuum valve, is included in the Shogun Housing as standard equipment. This monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.

Active Fan Cooling

The processing power required to record professional video formats is immense, and that workload creates heat. Shogun uses a cooling rail to dissipate heat in air, and to ensure normal operational temperatures in water the Nauticam housing uses two active cooling fans. These fans distribute heat over the housing back panel where it can be effectively transferred into the water.

The cooling system is powered by a dedicated Sony NP-F550 Battery, providing approximately 12 hours of run time on a single charge. An LED light and external switch allows the fans to be powered on and off from the outside of a sealed housing.

The bracket has four angled positions for use in water, and also allows the monitor to be flipped forward for quick battery and media changes. Rigid locking levers secure the system in place during operation.

Director’s Monitor Functionality

In commercial video production environments, it is often necessary that a video feed be sent to a surface monitor for review while recording.

Shogun features an internal HDMI – SDI Cross Convert, allowing an HDMI signal to be converted in monitor to SDI. SDI is a very robust signal transferred over coaxial cable that is extremely reliable in the field, and allows for long cable runs. The Nauticam system fully supports SDI surface feeds with the following accessories.

SDI Connectivity Also Available

The Nauticam Shogun housing is also available with SDI cabling for video input, making it an excellent monitor/recorder for use with RED EPIC and SCARLET Systems, Arri Alexa, BlackMagic Cinema and Production Camera, Canon C500, and Sony FS Series. Contact Nauticam for more information about integration with these systems.

Specifications:

Depth Rating: 60m
Dimensions: 285 x 175 x 120mm (excluding shade and mounting hardware)
Weight: 2.3 kg

Model Number: 17904
MSRP: $4150

For more information about Nauticam products, visit www.nauticam.com.

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Jo’s film – An Evolving Story – can be seen here:

Fifth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so deeperblue.net (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing.

DeeperBlue.com (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.

WEB: deeperblue.com

FB: facebook.com/deeperbluedotcom

IG: instagram.com/deeperbluegram

Twitter: twitter.com/deeperblue

YouTube: youtube.com/deeperbluevideo

App: deeperblue.com/app/

Podcast: deeperblue.com/podcast/


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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